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. >>> breaking tonight, serious new worries about president obama's plan to save more than 5 million americans from having no insurance thanks to his signature health care law. plus, a new warning about how tens of millions of americans will likely lose their insurance at work in the coming months. welcome to "the kelly file." i'm megyn kelly. a series of developing stories concerning the troubled obama care rollout. first, involving a white house meeting with insurance insiders that took place earlier tonight. the insurance folks came out of the meeting warning about higher premiums and about potential gaps in coverage for the americans whose policies have been cancelled. people who had insurance and liked it and got cancelled thanks to the law and now appear to be in no man's land. the second story is a new report predicting a second wave of some somewhere. in the coming months. this involves business, corporations, group health insurance and that's a much larger market. we have been telling you about it. marc thiessen is a former speech writer for george w. bush. take it in reverse order. >
like charl heston. you blew it up you fools. you blew it up. this is a mess. basically obama has -- republicans claim that obama has tried to tack the dc circuit court with judges that republicans think they don't need and would pad it and make it a democratic jurisdiction and so republicans have been blocking all of obama's nominees for that reason. and as a result harry reid finally said he invoked the nuclear option which means only 51 votes than 60 votes to accrue judges. he will not do that for supreme court justices. republicans said if they do the nuclear option, the republicans will use it in spades back in the democrats if they get back in the senate. >> harry reid, the way he justified doing this nominees deserve an up or down vote and they can't just be filibustered away and the president deserved his team. does that rational make sense? >> it makes sense on the merits if you look at it in isolation. the problem with the judicial sites. there is hypochris. republicans stop democratic judges using means available to them. democrats stop the republican judges. it is a le
charge it's an effort to change the subject from obama care to blowing up tradition in the senate. this is special report. >>> good evening, i'm bret bear owing oig. timing is everything. today the president is caught in a whirlpool p criticism over his signature health plan. ace his allies threw him a political life preserver. charles krauthammer is in new york reacting to what is called the nuclear option. ed henry is at the white house. but we begin with mike emanuel at the capital. >> republican leaders are accusing democrats of a power grab and threatening that they will live to regret this bold move. complaining of grid lock, senate democrats changed the rules eliminating filibusters for most presidential nominations. the vote was mostly along party lines and scraps nearly 225 years of precedent. >> the change would ensure executive and judicial nominations, an up and down vote on confirmation. the rule change will make closuclos cloture for all nominations. >> three temperatures vot democ the go. . mitch mcconnell accused reid of going nuclear. >> millions of americans are
in this product, obama care. and they realize they've got to get the website fixed. but once they do, they believe it will work. there's new questions about what they knew and when they knew it. >> i got this e-mail or this copy of the screen shot attached to the e-mail that was going on which you sent me that says the system is down at the moment. you know what's the most shocking thing to me, this whole thing is what they were worried about was not, they mentioned nothing about the consumers trying to get on the website, what they were worried about is the media ramping up the hyperbole about the government's website not being functional. no mention about the american people getting access. >> you're right. we should know in fairness that we don't have the other e-mails. there are undoubtedly more documents that are to come out in the days ahead. but, you're right that part of this e-mail does show how worried they were one week before the rollout about the media jumping on people being unable to get on. if there's one thing they got right, it's that. they knew the media would jump on this if it
. the national association of insurance commissioners has just told president obama that his fix for canceled health policies could result in higher premiums and gaps in coverage. this all comes as a new cbs poll puts his approval rating at an all time low at 37% and opposition to obama care, 61%. good evening, everyone, i'm larry kudlow. this is "the kudlow report." insurance commissioners say his obama care champions are creating uncertainty. we need to explore what that means. republican congressman brad wen cher and strategy associates and avik roy, author of "how medicaid failed the core." >>>, the insurance commissioners had problems with cancellation renewal. the back payment and payment mechanisms on the obama care website has yet to be ruled. two-week crunch period. does that mean well? >> kathleen sebelius is the former president of national association of insurance commissioners. i keep -- you're not going to invite me to this program anymore because i keep asking the same question. who is advising this president when it comes to how the insurance markets work? i don't get these gu
and misused the filibuster. but in the age of obama, the republicans have made a mockery of our democracy. they've turned a useful procedure that turned majority rule into a battering ram to deny the results of a presidential election. take a look at these numbers. in all of u.s. history under all previous presidents, a total of 86 presidential nominees have been filibustered. but during the past five years, republicans have blocked 82 of president obama's nominees. that's nearly the same as all previous presidents combined. it's unfair and it's undemocratic. >> in each of these cases it's not been because they opposed the person. that there was some assessment that they were unqualified. that there was some scandal that had been unearthed. this isn't obstruction on substance, on qualifications. it's just to gum up the works. >> it's not about the individual nominees. it's about opposing thes. . this year alone, republicans blocked all three of his nominees to the d.c. circuit court of appeals. they've filibustered mel watt from a major housing job. the first lawmaker to be blocked in 150
obama. he speaks live this hour at a critical point in his presidency. that's "outfront." >>> plus new details about the state senator stabbed more than 10 times by his own son. police knew there was trouble in this home. >> this is just a tragedy. a young man's dead. a family can never get that young man back. as a society, i don't know what it's going to take for us to pay attention to this issue. >> could this tragedy have been avoided? >>> and george zimmerman facing new charges. what his girlfriend says about zimmerman and guns. >> the gun that he just smashed all my stuff with was a shotgun. >> let's go "outfront." >>> good evening, everyone. i'm erin burnett "outfront" tonight president obama is about to speak live. we are waiting for the president to deliver remarks momentarily. it's at the presidential medal of freedom dinner. we're going to bring that to you live as soon as it begins. it is a critical day and moment for this president. so far today, there's been plenty of pomp and circumstance for the white house. this morning, president obama awarded the presidential medal o
in practical terms is unless one of president obama's nominees is truly controversial, he or she almost surely will get confirmed, as long as democrats are in control of the senate. the reason is because what democrats did is they changed the rules so that instead of a 6 on-vote threshold for nominees to get through to overcome a filibuster, it is now a 51-vote threshold, a simple majority. the reason it's called a nuclear option is because the shoe is not always on this foot. democrats, as you well know, stephanie, are often in the minority, not just the majority. this could come back to haunt them when republicans are in charch of the senate and at the white house. >> thanks, dana. let's take a minute to turn back the clock. in 2005, i ran the campaign against the option when i worked for senator reid. back then. the republicans were the ones threatening to go nuclear. in the end democrats accepted a deal that put some of the day's most conservative judges on the bench, but today republicans won't -- throughout history they used the filibuster in extraordinary circumstances. today republican
guilfoyle. it's 5:00 in new york city. this is "the five." obama care rollout, today's highlights, i.t. professionals warned that the website is a hacker's dream, your personal info at risk. >>> at a fund-raiser in florida last night, kathleen sebelius gets nailed as crashes just as the secretary smiles for her photo op. the law is falling apart at the seams and so is the president's approval rating, at an all-time low, 37%. maybe dragging it down is americans' realization that the law is a disaster. 31% approval rating on obama care. how many people think the law is working out well? only 7%. what's the white house make of all this? as ed henry knows, ed, are they so insulated that they can't even fathom the thought of scratching and starting over? >> reporter: i think panic may be a bit strong, but they're deeply concerned, they're worried. pick your adjective. bottom line, they realize the bottom is falling out both for the president's approval rating and approval of this law. if you look at this cbs poll, you already laid out some of the top-line numbers. when you
view more favorably. 64% of you say bill clinton. 36% say barack obama. the debate will continue online. from the left i'm van jones. >> from the right i'm newt gingrich. join us tomorrow for another edition of "crossfire." erin burnett "outfront" starts right now. >>> "outfront" next, a day of ceremony for president obama. he speaks live this hour at a critical point in his presidency. that's "outfront." >>> plus new details about the state senator who was stabld more than ten times by his own son. police knew there was trouble in that home. >> this is just a tragedy. a young man is dead. a family can never get that young man back. as a society, i don't know what it will take for us to pay attention to this issue. >> could this tragedy have been avoided? >>> and george zimmerman facing new charges. what his girlfriend says about zimmerman and guns. >>> gun was the shotgun. >>> proesident obama is about t speak live. it is the presidential medal of honor dinner. we'll bring that to you live as soon as it begins. it is a critical day and a moment for this president. so far today t
. >> that was president obama last year on the campaign trail. now there are charges the job stats were manipulated in his favor. we have a special report. >> imperative to reach out and to share that conservative message of liberty and less government and lower taxes. >> sarah palin demanding that msnbc discipline a commentator who attacked her in a gross way. we will take a look at that situation. >> i'm not politically correct, billy. i'm off the reservation. this whole thing is going to hell in a hand basket. >> the very best of dennis miller this fall. he is out of control this evening. >> i'm perceived as a problem because i'm candid, so be it. >> caution, you are about to enter the no spin zone. the factor begins right now. i'm bill o'reilly, thanks for watching us tonight. pardon my voice this evening. aerials again and the frog is back. such is life. president obama and a new jobs controversy. that is the subject of this evening's talking points memo. "new york post" reporting that job numbers during last year's presidential campaign were manipulated to the president's favor by people in the cens
to the ed show live from new york. let's get to work. >> the latest on their efforts to tear down obama care. >> we should not be judged on how many new laws we create. >> start from scratch addressing health insurance problems but not the way they've done. >> fire in the hole! >> we ought to be judged on how many laws we repeal. >> let's start from scratch. >> republicans are willing to destroy this country for the right reasons. >> you don't think we have a responsibility as a u.s. senator to do better than that in terms of offering a solution for what to do next? >> well, i -- i --. >> just simple, straight forward fact-based ah! >> dismantled piece by piece with every tool that they have. >> jim, bring down the crowd hammer. >> this will be a story of an epic collapse. >> fire in the hole! >> well, i -- i --. >> the full weight of the evil of obama care is going to end up being a wrecking ball so big not even miley cyrus would ride it. >> well, i -- i. >> i'm going to repeal the law of the land. is that clear? >> good to have you with us tonight, folks. thanks for watching. i know all of
about bad headlines from obama care, and his allies have been taking a beating. they say this is an effort before the senate goes home for two weeks to their constituents for thanksgiving break to do other work, that they're trying to change the subject to give them more cover as they go home to meet with their constituents, desperate to talk about anything other than the rollout of the health care law. >> joining me now is charles cook, a staff riter for "the national review wts. my first question is why now, charles? >> i think it is fairly clear they want to distract from the obama care disaster. this is something they wanted to do for awhile. they are very frustrated that republicans have been blocking their nominations as they blocked republican nominees when bush was president. what obama just did is make a general case against minority rights. it was the system didn't work how i wanted it to, and so the system is wrong. and they said american business is far too important for the rules. you could have a military coups. >> he said back then it was a power grab. now
the accident at fukushima. >>> a senior white house official says u.s. president barack obama will visit asia in april of next year. national security adviser susan rice said the u.s. remains committed to rebalancing its security and economic priorities to the asia pacific region. >> to address emerging challenges as effectively as we deter conventional threats, we're urging our allies and partners to take greater responsibility for defending our common interests and values. >> rice expressed hope for japan's goal to launch a national security council that would oversee the country's foreign and security policies. rice mentioned china's increased maritime presence and said the u.s. is ready to help countries in the region communicate better to prevent contingencies. she called on all parties in the region to resolve issues based on the rule of law rather than through threats or aggressive actions. obama was forced to cancel his trip to southeast asia in october due to the partial government shutdown. a u.s. official told nhk the administration is now planning obama's trip but didn't specify w
president obama's nominees. >> these nominees deserve at least an up or down vote, yes or no. but republican filibusters deny them a fair vote, any vote, and deny the president his team. gridlock has consequences. it's not only bad for president obama, bad for this body, the united states senate, it's bad for our country. >> minority leader, mitch mcconnell, says democrats are creating a crisis to distract attention from obama care. >> millions of americans are hurting because of a law washington democrats forced upon them. what do they do about it? they cook up some fake fight over judges, a fake fight over judges. that aren't even needed. >> our chief congressional correspondent, dana bash, is on capitol hill following the dramatic, dare i say historic developmentans huge ramificat n ramifications. explain what is going on right now in congress. >> reporter: what's going on right now, wolf, as we speak, actually on the senate floor, is the fruits, if you will, of what the democrats tried to do. obviously republicans see it a whole different way. democrats successfully did, which is we're
's top stories. president obama is hailing today's move by senate democrats to revise the filibuster move, filibustering has been used to mark many of his judicial nominees senates voted to change the rules now only 51 votes will be needed. rather than 60 to approval judicial posts. delegates from iran and six world powers are back on the negotiating table at this hour, they are said to be reviewing a draft, at the preliminary deal to curb iran's nuclear program. afghan president is urging his country's tribal leaders to approval a security agreement with the united states. that despite the miss trust on both sides. he claims. if a deal is approved some american troops would stay in afghanistan after 2014, and a jury in california has just awarded apple $290 million in the retrial of a patent enfringement case against samsung. the original verdict has given apple more than $1 billion in damages, samsung was found guilty of copying several features from the i-phone. and those are the headlines at this hour. inside story is next on al jazeera america. when you kept get your way, again and a
the affordable care act is to leak it to glen greenwald service stamping it top secret. >> the obama administration's self-imposed deadlines. >> ten days before the administration's deadline. >> for fixing the federal health exchange website. >> obama care. >> obama care. >> obama care. >> they need to get this right. >> it passed the glitches with the website. >> the website and enrollment situation -- >> it will be a lot better. >> -- is in a better place today than two or three weeks ago. >> the health care law needs to be scratched. >> get rid of it? >> that's the only way it will work. >> i'm willing to work with democrats and republicans to fix this. the affordable care act is going to work. >> i think i'm pretty white, the whitest guy i know, i'm very pale. >> there is good news about the affordable care act tonight. it is not about the website. it is not about the enrollment numbers. good news about part of the law that almost no one thought would really work, including many of the law's supporters. at fordable care act was first and foremost designed to help extend health in
to establish a storyline that republicans are intent on obstructing president obama's judicial nominees. that storyline patently ridiculous in light of the facts and utterly absurd suggestion in light of the facts. before this current democratic gamut to fill up the d.c. circuit one way or the other, the senate had confirmed 215, 215 of the president's judicial nominees and rejected two. that's a 99% confirmation rate. 215 confirmed and two rejected. 99%. look, if advise and consent is to mean anything at all occasionally consent is not given. but by any objective standard senate republicans have been very, very fair to this preside president. we've been willing to confirm his nominees. in fact, speaking of the d.c. circuit we just confirmed one a few months ago 97-0 to the d.c. circuit. so i suggest our colleagues take a time out. stop trying to jam us, work with us, instead to confirm vacancies that actually need to be filled which we have been doing. this rules change rate has gone from being a biennial threat to an annual threat, now to a quarterly threat. how many times have we bee
on the security pact with the u.s. hamid karzai told the group that barack obama sent him a letter assuring him the security pact is in afghanistan's interests and said u.s. troops will enter afghan homes only in exceptional circumstances. >> in pakistan a suspected u.s. drone hits a religious school in the north-west of the country. six were killed. the u.s. says the school is controlled by the haqqani group, linked to the taliban. secretary of state john kerry says counter talks offer the best chance in a decade on iran's nuclear program. six world powers will continue talks on tuesday. >> back in geneva, less than two weeks after the last talks stalled. the e.u. official in charge of foreign affairs, catherine ashton - an interim deal on iran's program seemed close. pressures, constraints on both sides have been growing since they were last here. in tehran, in a tell voiced address the man in charge supports the talks. there are red lines he will not allow negotiators to cross. >> translation: i insist that the rights of the nation be preserved, including the nuclear rights. >> last time aro
done everything they can to deny the fact that obama was elected and then re-elected. >> reporter: translation? gop obstruction is unprecedented. to back that up, democrats point to statistics from the nonpartisan congressional research service. in the history of the country, there have been 168 filibusters of presidential nominees. about half, 82, happened during the obama administration. >> in summary, this is a power grab. >> reporter: angry republicans don't necessarily dispute democrats' statistics about nominees they have blocked. instead, they point to how many judges they have confirmed. 215, and rejected five. when it comes to the fight that democrats called the last straw over vacancies in the d.c. circuit court of appeals, the republican leader argues democrats are manufacturing a crisis to distract from the obama care debacle. >> a fake fight over judges that >> reporter: democrats say they get that this benefits them now that they're in the majority but certainly the tables will be turned the day that they los that majority status, but they essentially shrug their sho
, everybody. cable satellite corp. 2013] national captioning institute] >> later in the day, president obama laid a wreath at john f. kennedy's grave in arlington national cemetery. he was accompanied by first lady michelle obama and former president bill clinton and hillary clinton. the 50th anniversary of jfk's assassination is friday. ♪ [taps playing] >> president obama spoke about president kennedy's legacy wednesday evening and a dinner honoring the middle of freedom recipients. >> he was introduced by president kennedy's grandson, the son of car line kennedy. his is 15 minutes. >> thank you for that wonderful introduction. i want to thank president obama and mrs. obama for inviting me here tonight. and for all of you for being here with us. i want to thank my family members who came. it would have been my great uncle robert kennedy's birthday today. and while we are on the subject of birthdays, you are all invited to my 21st. in february 1960 three, my grandfather, president john f. kennedy, formally established the annual presentation of the presidential medal of freedom. honoring p
is this battle between president obama and his enemies is not a contest of achievement. no, it's about a president who wants to do great things, and preventing a third war with iran and -- against those who would deny others of different sexual orientatio orientations. it's a strange battle between a man who wants to do great things and an enemy making sure he does not. howard fine and jonathan capehart, howard, i painted this in strong terms and strong black and white, but i have to tell you. i don't see a republican agenda, except to destroy obama. the president's enemies have tried to destroy, kill, defund, block or destroy everything in his program. the president in contrast has made it his goal to fight to extend rights to minority, the uninsured and the oppressed. his opponents are trying to take away these rights. the opponents of the president prevented millions of people from having access to health care under the law. they've suppressed voting rights of minorities, specifically african-americans. they have derailed the principles of fairness. let's look at the first one of th
's pattern of obstruction, it just isn't normal. >> president obama speaking just months ago about a huge day in the divided u.s. senate. >> under the precedent set by the senate, today, november 21, 2013, the threshold for cloture on nominations not including those to the supreme court of the united states is now a majority. that is the ruling of the chair. >> democrats, the majority party, have officially altered the way the chamber has operated for more than two centuries. they changed filibuster rules to end the 60-vote threshold on judicial nominees except those to the u.s. supreme court. it stems from the republicans repeatedly filibustering the nominees. ahead of today's actions fireworks on the senate floor. >> the american people believe the senate is broken. and i believe the american people are right. and the united states has wasted an unprecedented amount of time on procedural hurdles and partisan obstruction. as a result, the work of this country goes undone. this is not about democrats versus republicans. this is about making washington work regardless of who's in the white hou
.c. >> is palmresident obama treated differently to any other president. we saw senate democrats using phil busters to stop george bush's nominees, and delaying by years confirmations by others. >> it is a difference. he is being treated in a different way. the republicans virtually every day that they are here, and they are not here all that many days given the meagre workload of the united states congress, seem to be bent on blocking president barack obama at virtually every turn. here on an issue most constituent don't know about and if they knew wouldn't care. it's a simply politics, trying to block barack obama. it's not to say the republicans are laying down and being a rubber-stamp. what played out is the opposite. as an example, during the term of gw bush, he had six nominees to the same important court. four got through with considerable democratic support. barack obama had five nominees to the court, and four up to this point have been blocked. >> that happened after there was a major deal between democrats and republicans and after substantial phil busters. it wasn't as if the democrats
of president obama's judicial contaminations moving forward. >> dell, republicans block these nominations, and democrats are furious. they say they are non-controversial amroi non-controversial -- appointments. take a listen to senator reid. >> during this congress, the 113th congress, the united states has wasted an unprecedented amount of time on procedural hurdles and partisan obstruction. as a result, the work of this country goes undone. congress should be passing legislation that strengthens our economy, protects american families. instead we're burning wasted hours and wasted days between filibusters. >> so the nuclear option means it would take the simple majority to overcome this filibuster threat. you think about senator rand paul doing a marathon talk session on the senate floor. often it is just the threat of a filibuster that holds up something. this is getting a bit of a derisive response from republican, both because they thought senator reid has been bluffing, but also because they say he is trying to change the conversation from healthcare to this. >> in other words they
>>> juan williams got a private meeting with the president. the obama care mess isn't about obama care at all it's about the united states being a bunch of jerks. he says the recession has made americans less caring of others. we see the needy becoming seedy. and that makes us hate obama care more. apparently this writer has never been to a church but he failed to see the dependency that hurts the needy most as government expands and opportun dwindles. only the moron would think a solution to the welfare state is more welfare. we're still the most generous country ever. now thanks to obama care the ruse that government impacts -- our government is lessen forcing its favorite solution, more government one choice. fact is nothing good ever comes from coercion or you wouldn't need coercion and that includes charity, especially when those in charge are more charitable to themselves than to others. i didn't sneeze at all. hey, juan, are you there? >> i'm right here. i'm glad you're feeling better. >> actually i feel terrible. but when i see you my soul brightens up. you got an invite f
. democrats pulling a strangelove out of frustration over republicans blocking president obama's nominees to an unprecedented degree. today's action did not require both parties turning launch keys. president obama today applauded the move, claiming the obstructionism from the other side has gotten so bad there was little choice. >> today's pattern of obstruction, it just isn't normal. i support the step a majority of senators today took to change the way that washington is doing business. >> that's interesting. you know who might not agree with president obama? senator obama. in 2005, when the republicans were trying to do the same thing as the majority power -- party, to push george w. bush's nominees through. back then it was pronounced nucular option. here's what the president said about that in 2005. >> when the right of free and open debate is taken away from the minority party and the millions of americans who ask us to be their voice, i fear that the already partisan atmosphere in washington will be poisoned to the point where no one will be able to agree on anything. >> republica
if you cannot catch us live. we will see you back here tomorrow. [applause] ♪ lou: president obama's public approval rating has sunk to the lowest level of his presidency just one year after being reelected. his public disapproval rating has risen to the highest level of his presidency and unfortunately for the president, there is no evidence of a political or policy success either at home or abroad. the mako. ♪ lou: good evening, everyone, the obamacare train wreck in the president's efforts to mislead congress and the american people continue to take a toll on the president's popularity. a new cbs news poll measuring the president's job job approval at a record low 37%. that is a 9% decline in just the last month. the president now has a record high, 67% approval -- disapproval, rather, which has risen 8% in one month. those horrific numbers have been attributed largely but not exclusively to the failed obamacare rollout. the same poll found only 31% approval for the president's health care law. and that number dropping through 7% of those who think the law should remain untouc
to joe and everybody else. >>> we have new polling shoeing the flawed obama care website can't get fixed fast enough for the president. it really can't. according to new cbs news polls, 61% have a negligence via view of obama care. president obama has 32% of americans approving of the way he's handling health care. that's his lowest rate judging. the poll finds 31% believe problems with the website are an isolated issue however 63% think signs of more widespread problems to come. overall just 15% of voters think obama care will help them. 39% say it will do more harm than good. mark halperin, i don't want -- i know what will happen if i am too forceful with this argument but this is in the middle of all the glitches. >> i will tell you without being i hhype hyperbollic big supporters of the law are concerned if poll numbers turn quickly it may be difficult for the president to talk about the positive aspects of the law. it's a crisis that needs to be addressed on substance and on politics and you can see in the white house they are trying to balance being optimistic with recognizing ther
on his drug suspension and president obama gives 16 extraordinary americans the nation's highest civilian award. captioning funded by cbs >>> this is the "cbs morning news" for thursday, november 21st, 2013. good morning. good to be with you. i'm anne-marie green. well, congressman trey radel says he let down his country, his family, and his constituents. radel pleaded guilty to drug possession but is not resigning from congress. instead he's taking a year off effective immediately. susan mcginnis from washington. susan, good morning. >> good morning, anne-marie. radel said he wants to continue serving his country. on wednesday he said he struggles with drugs and alcohol abuse and says he sees this charge as an opportunity to get help. late last night congressman trey radel apologized for his cocaine arrest and announced he's taking a leave of absence to seek treatment for substance abuse. >> i do believe in faith, forgiveness, and redemption, and i hope to come out of this a stronger man, a better man for all of you. >> radel was less talk aive earlier in the day as he was led into a was
who doesn't blame president obama. he blames another world famous democrat. and we will explain on this thursday edition of "way too early". >>> good morning, everybody. brian shactman. what do you get when you add a-rod, jose canseco and a goat? that would be our sports block. we'll have details in a few minutes. but i want to start with this potential deal with afghanistan. u.s. military appears one step closer to having american troops in afghanistan beyond the end of next year. secretary of state john kerry has announced a preliminary agreement between u.s. and afghan officials. the "new york times" reports the deal could keep american forces on the ground through 2024. it would also include billions of dollars of international assistance. other reports say the deal will be limited to counterterrorism and training of afghan forces. the obama administration not giving specifics, but it is pushing back on suggestions that americans will be fighting the war far into the future. white house official says it is, quote, completely wrong to suggest that troops will be in afghanista
's agenda runs through the -- president obama's agenda runs through the d.c. circuit. you can't get what you want through the congress because the american people in november, 2010, said they had had enough. they issued a national restraining order after watching two years of this administration unrestrained, so now it runs through the bureaucracy and the d.c. circuit. as i said, in short, unlike the first two years of the obama administration, there is now a legislative check on the president and the administration doesn't much like checks and balances. so it wants to circumvent the people's representatives with an aggressive regulatory agenda, and our democratic colleagues want to facilitate that by filling up a court that will rule on his agenda, a court that doesn't even have enough work to do, especially if it means changing the subject from obamacare for a few days. and get this -- they think they can change the rules of the senate in a way that benefits only them. they want to do it in such a way that president obama's agenda gets enacted but that a future republican agenda couldn't g
than those of president obama. and the one president bush. and the ones that do get a vote are confirmed with little if any dissent. so this isn't obstruction on substance, on qualifications, it is just to gum up the works. and this grid lock in congress causes grid lock in much of our systems. you have seen judges across the country, say these are vital vacancies that need to be filled. and this grid lock has not served the cause of justice, in fact, it is undermined it. other the past through weeks senator republicans again denied a yes or no vote, on three highly qualified americans to fill three vacantsies on the second highest court. even though they have to support of a majority of senators. four out of five of mine have been obstructed. the vote today is that a majority of senators belief that enough is enough. the american people's business is far too important, to keep falling prey day after day to washington policies. i am a former senator, we value any duty to advice and consent, we take that very seriously. but -- a few now refuse to treat that duty of advice an
will help end the grid lock on president obama's judicial nominations. he hailed them this afternoon. >> today's count of obstruction, it just isn't normal. it's not what our founders envisions. it is a deliberate determined effort, no matter where the merits just to fight the results of an election, is not normal. and for the sake of future generations we can't let it become normal. >> libby casey joins us now with more on this grid lock busting vote. lick by, there is plenty of reaction. >> yeah, a big day on capitol hill. the rest of the country is scratching their head saying what is this situation, it can sound very dramatic. and in some ways it is, because it is the fundamental change in the way business is done in the senate. usually it takes 60 votes to overcome a threat, but what senator reid did today is he said nope, we are going to go with just a simple majority. the woman after the heart of this, patricia millet, she was a judge that was a nominee for the district circuit court, and so senator reed said if republicans are going to hold up the nomination we will move forw
of executive and judicial nominations. half of them have occurred during the obama administration. >> ifill: republicans disputed the numbers. minority leader mitch mcconnell insisted the senate has confirmed 215 of president obama's nominees and rejected only two. >> this was nothing more than a power grab in order to try to advance the obama administration's regulatory agenda, and they just broke the senate rules in order to exercise the power grab. so, i would sum it up by saying it's a sad day in the history of the senate. after today, advise and consent probably means to them 100% consent. >> ifill: democrats have threatened to change the rules before, but matters finally came to a head this week when republicans blocked three nominees to the powerful u.s. circuit court of appeals in the district of columbia. they include patricia ann millett, an appellate lawyer in washington; georgetown university law professor cornelia pillard; and federal district court judge robert wilkins. at the white house, president obama applauded the vote. he said both parties have misused filibusters over t
obama care. >> you don't have to like the laws of the land but you do have to respect those laws. >> republicans have been very, very fair to this president. >> a deliberate effort to refight the election is not normal. >> a good thursday afternoon to you. we begin with republican obstruction finally pushing democrats to go nuclear. changing the rules of the senate to clear the way for several of the president's nominees. the landmark vote detonated just after noon striking down nearly 225 years of precedent ending long standing filibuster rules and breaking republicans' hold on presidential picks for the cabinet and judiciary. a short time ago the president supported the move saying the meaning of advise and consent has been lost on his opponents. >> it is no longer used in a responsible way to govern. it is used as a reckless and relentless tool to grind all business to a halt. the american people deserve better than politicians who run for election telling them how terrible government is and devoting their time in elected office to make government not work as often as possible
on whether michelle obama forced this change. are we the better for it? right. and a fellow named alan in minneapolis on ways you can still get it. earth to jeff. what the flock just happened? jeff? >> we just got to the bottom of this -- well, plane not all the way to the bottom. we have some mcribs here. you can see them. they're a little cold out here right now. but the bens aren't cold. take a look at the statement from mcdonald's. here's what they said: we are continuing to focus on our customers for the remainder of 2013 with several new menu items, talking about the new wings, those mighty wings. we left it to our individual franchiseees to decide whether or not they want to offer the mcribs. here's breaking news. we have said -- we have found or they have said that chicago, houston, and dallas, will have the mcrib. they confirmed those. in fact today we shot pictures of anymore chicago actual -- here in chicago eat something mcrib. now some mcrib porn for you, perhaps? a shot of the mcrib undressed. without the special sauce no onions, no pickles no buns, just the frozen paddy
are finding they are not going to be too pleased. >> email tonight and last night president obama pretty much suggested that the g.o.p. was in the way of fixing these glitches. are you in the way? >> interesting thing is we offered before all of this came out we offered him a pass. we offered him a whole year where he didn't have to go through this individual mandate. none of this that he is going through right now would have happened if he would have taken us up on his offer. and our offer really was during the middle of the shutdown, we were offering a compromise. one year delay of the mandate and he would have avoided a lot of this. >> where does this leave us now? i mean, you know, i guess it might be particularly appalling to the american people to find out that they care more about the media going after them for a web site they knew about wasn't going to work as of october 1. but, what about the american people? where does this lead us? >> well, i don't think it's fix cybil. -- fixable. i will vote to have people not have their insurance cancelled. really, it's too late. what's happened
with the bush administration, began slowly with the obama administration, but it did become a central part of the administration's policy from year one or you're too, i would say, of the obama administration. you can argue about whether it was as vigorous as it might have been, but that was something that was a very clear asked by the u.k. of the u.s. to adopt a different approach to that. i think we got there in the end. the arms trade treaty you mentioned. we hads something where initially quite a negative reaction, but where, not just british lobbying about lobbying by others, as well, brought united states around the position which was adopted under the president. on climate change, i think you aed to look at this through complicated prison. under the bush administration. there was no way through in terms of getting our objectives met at the federal level. we had to concentrate on a very different strategy of trying to and agreement at the local and state level in the united states. we had some success in that, which is continuing in my time at the end of the bush administration and th
captioning institute] >> president obama spoke about president kennedy's legacy wednesday evening and a dinner honoring the middle of freedom recipients. >> thank you for that wonderful introduction. i want to thank president obama and mrs. obama for inviting me here tonight. and for all of you for being here with us. i want to thank my family members who came. it would have been my great uncle robert kennedy's birthday today. and while we are on the subject of birthdays, you are all invited to my 21st. 1960 three, my grandfather, president john f. kennedy, formally established the annual presentation of the presidential medal of freedom. madeing persons "who have exceptionally meritorious contributions to the security and national interests of the united states, to world peace, crotch role, or other significant doublet or private endeavors." my grandfather, a veteran of world war ii, a u.s. congressman and senator and president, use the avenue of public service to make his kind basins to this country, this planet, and all men. he recognized his path was but one of many and that s
37% of americans approve of the job mr. obama is doing. that is down nine points since last month. ha this that same time, approval of his affordable care act has dropped from 12 points -- has opped 12 points from 43% to 31%. john dickerson is our political director. bill daly is in chicago. he was once the president's chief of staff. first to you, john. these numbers in the poll, what strikes you? >> what strikes me, scott, is that when the president has had low approval ratings number before-- like during the debt ceiling night 2011, people still thought he was trustworthy. cbs asked last year and 60% said they did. now only 49% do. >> that's in part because of his broken promise that if you had insurance you liked you could keep it. this will make it very hard for the president to remarket his affordable care act or to sell other items in his agenda and this is a bruise that's going to keep getting hit because there are credibility tests to come. the president made promises about the law when he was selling it and he's made promises about the web site and those promises are still y
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